Today, the oud remains well loved throughout Lebanon. While traditional tunes evoke feelings of nostalgia, the newer generations are able to relate to oud music thanks to artists that have revived classical sounds and integrated them into modern melodies.
60’s Beirut is a cozy pub in Mar Mikhael that’ll take you back to the good old days. The pub hosts an oud night every Thursday.
Alexander Fleming Street, Mar Mikhael, 01 442752/71 536262
Al Mayass is a popular restaurant serving Armenian and Lebanese food. Live oud can be enjoyed every night.
Trabaud Street, Achrafieh, 01 215046/03 295060
Blue Note Café is one of Beirut’s most famous live music venues. It often hosts oud performances.
Makhoul Street, Hamra, 01 743857
Café Em Nazih is a chilled-out spot in Gemmayze, popular with locals and tourists alike. Oud nights are held on Fridays and Saturdays.
Saifi Urban Gardens, Pasteur Street, Gemmayze, 76 711466
El Denye Hek is a quintessential Lebanese restaurant, with a charming interior guaranteed to transport you back in time. The restaurant has an oud night every Monday and Thursday.
Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael, 01 567191/71 476666
Le Jardin Du Royal at Le Royal Hotels and Resorts offers guests the chance to enjoy Lebanese cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Oud music can be heard on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Leisure Hills Complex, Dbayeh 04 555000
Mezyan is a pub with a homey feel, where you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and good music. A band playing Oriental music can be enjoyed every Thursday.
Rasamny Center, Main Street, Hamra, 01 740608/71 293015
Onomatopoeia The Music Hub is a chilled spot with comfy seating and funky decor. It’s an ideal place to catch up with friends. Check out the Facebook page for updates regarding special oud nights.
Jean Jalkh Street, Achrafieh, Sioufi, 01 398 986